Understanding experiences of deaf female victims of domestic, sexual & gender-based violence.

Date of event: June 22, 2021

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Understanding experiences of deaf female victims of domestic, sexual & gender-based violence

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INFORMATION EVENT  For police officers and trainers and policing researchers

Understanding experiences of deaf female victims of domestic, sexual & gender-based violence

This is a recording of the information event held for police officers and trainers, and policing researchers on 22nd June 2021.

This training was organised as part of the JUSTISIGNS 2 project from the Signs@HWU cluster of the Centre of Translation & Interpreting Studies in Scotland at Heriot-Watt University in collaboration with the Scottish institute for Policing Research (SIPR). The JUSTISIGNS2 (https://justisigns2.com/) project was created to improve access to support services for deaf women in cases of Domestic and Sexual Gender-Based Violence (DSGBV) by increasing awareness & providing training to legal and support service providers and British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters who work with victims.

The goal of this event was to highlight the challenges faced by deaf female victims of DSGBV who use BSL in particular when they come into contact with the police, and to articulate the goals of the project to lay groundwork for future training opportunities for the police that will emerge from the project. This webinar was facilitated by the UK project manager Professor Jemina Napier (Heriot-Watt University), and Det Sgt Frank Keegan from Police Scotland’s Domestic Abuse Unit.



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